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Which Cruise Ship Best Fits Your Personality

One of the great perks of a cruise vacation is the fact that it can be whatever you want it to be. It’s not a one-size-fits-all vacation. It’s a vacation that perfectly fits you. Whether you like to dance all night in a crowd or read a good book by the side of the pool, there’s a sailing vessel waiting just for you.

So how do you know which cruise ship fits your personality? Let’s take a quick look at the most common types of cruisers and match their personalities with our fleet of ships.

Bucket List Experience

When you’re a bucket list traveler, you have places to go and things to do. Your vacations take you to the enchanting destinations you dream of seeing — think Alaska, or Hawaii— where you can do the things you’ve previously only imagined. We have a few cruise vacations that will help you cross an item or two off your bucket list. You’ll be ready to hit the ground running as soon as you arrive.

From the West Coast, Carnival Spirit® sails to both Alaska and Hawaii from the United States and Canada. When you board this comfortable, friendly ship, you will feel immediately at home.

Culture Creature

Culture Creatures plan their vacations around museum schedules and festivals. They never miss a chance to catch a spectacular stage show and gravitate to festivals and fairs where they can interact with the locals. We built Carnival Pride® just for you. You’ll fall in love with the “Art Through the Centuries” theme at David’s Steakhouse, inspired by the art of the Renaissance and Victorian England.

The Family Guy (or Gal)

For family folks, vacation is not about the destination. It’s about the quality time they spend with their family on the way. That’s what we had in mind when we designed Carnival Freedom® and Carnival Breeze®, which sail in the eastern and western Caribbean.

These family-friendly ships have plenty of age-appropriate activities for every member of the family. The kids will love the Seuss-themed activities and to immerse themselves in their very own summer camp-style experience at Camp Ocean. Adults get to have their own fun dancing in the clubs, sipping cocktails while listening to live music, or relaxing in the spa.

mother registering her daughter in camp ocean

History Buffs

History buffs would travel back in time if they could. Instead, they settle for the next best thing – sites with plenty of history. If your vacation plans always include battlefields, monuments and landmarks, a cruise ship is ready to take you there. On Carnival Valor®, you’re immersed in American history as soon as you step on the ship. Indulge yourself in a scavenger hunt to find historical people, landmarks, and symbols built into the ship’s decor as you sail to Mexico’s historic Yucatan.

You may also want to explore the historic coasts of Italy and Spain on Carnival Legend®. Inspired by some of the great legends of the world, this ship takes you to some of the most legendary cities in history, including Rome, Barcelona, and Venice.

The Life of the Party

You may not be the center of attention, but you’re always in the middle of the action. Vacations should be fun, so you’re always on the lookout for the next chance to have some. Your ideal cruise offers plenty of games, entertainment, and opportunities to mingle with your fellow cruisers. Check out Carnival Vista®. It’s decked out with everything from a WaterWorks water park to SkyRide’s® suspended bicycles. That’s just the beginning. The staff has prepared interactive games and experiences that keep the fun going all day and night.

Like Vista, Carnival Glory® lives up to its reputation as a seriously fun ship. The first thing you notice when you step on board is the colorful decor — each stateroom is decorated in a different color. Laugh until you cry at The Punchline Comedy Club, splash around at WaterWorks, and so much more. Like all Carnival ships, the easy-to-navigate layout means you get to the fun faster than ever.

man smiling as he rides on carnival’s skyride

Serenity Seekers

You go on vacation to get away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. It’s your chance to relax and be pampered. Let Carnival Liberty® take you far away from deadlines, laundry, and news headlines. The Liberty and its staff are ready to give you what you need – whether it’s a drink, a laugh, or a massage.

Carnival Dream® is the best of both worlds for serenity seekers. There’s plenty of action, but just as many opportunities to escape on hidden decks and nooks where you can enjoy some privacy. Both ships take you to where you can spend the morning or afternoon soaking up the sun and leaving your worries behind in the sand. Choose your zen: the islands of The Bahamas or the coast of Mexico and Belize.

The Sightseers

Sightseers go on vacation for the sake of being on vacation. They don’t necessarily have an agenda for the day, but rather enjoy themselves wherever they are. If you want to go home with photos of spectacular views and memories of snorkeling, parasailing, and zip lining in a tropical setting, check out these ships.

Carnival Conquest® won’t have you missing home after you spend some time playing in the turquoise Caribbean waters off the coast of The Bahamas or Cozumel.

woman admiring mayan temple during a shore excursion


Trendsetters are traveling trailblazers who want to get to the next hot destination before it’s popular, or design vintage vacations to forgotten destinations. They look for interesting destinations that offer them more than the chance to sip a mojito by the pool or wade through a tourist-trap marketplace just outside the cruise port.

Carnival Horizon® is waiting for you. Featuring bold colors and modern decor complete with digital sculptures, Horizon gives you a contemporary cruise experience. This is a fun ship with plenty of bright spaces to play on your cruise to the Caribbean. If you’d rather skip the crowds and cruise in vintage style, check out some of our other ships decked out with modern conveniences and all the fun of the Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades. Best of all, they can take you straight to Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, where you can explore the land of the ancient Maya while your friends snap more photos of their view from the crowded beach.

It doesn’t matter where you want to go or what you want to do, your perfect cruise is the one that matches your personality.

Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by ship and destination.